Canadian Tire Gift Cards - Balances Can Be Stolen, With No Recourse
Canadian Tire gift cards are not safe. There are numerous threads throughout the years, talking about how gift card balances can be stolen (often because the numbers on the back of the cards are in complete view and those cards are available for anyone to touch, on the retail floor). Esso and Petro Canada gift cards come to mind.
What's even more concerning is the terms you agree to by purchasing Canadian Tire's gift card. Unlike other retailers, who will work with you if your balance is stolen (Shoppers Drug Mart, Esso), Canadian Tire will not, and has written those terms on the gift card.
The scary line is;
Until eitherCanadian Tire is not responsible for replacing the value on this card if it is lost, stolen, destroyed, damaged or used without your knowledge or consent.
A) Canadian Tire gift cards change and include blocked out numbers for no one to see
B) Canadian Tire removes this line from the gift card terms,
I would STRONGLY encourage you to NOT purchase Canadian Tire gift cards, until this problem is solved. If your balance is stolen, Canadian Tire doesn't have to do anything for you.
The cards I am talking about, look like the ones I have included photos of (mine was sold at Shoppers Drug Mart).
Edit: Razrez talks a bit about the gift card technology in another post, a good read if you're really interested in this stuff.
Update: New Gift Cards Out!